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Bears pound USF

Daily Planet Wire Services
Thursday May 03, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – Behind outstanding pitching from freshman right-hander Brian Montalbo and a 17-hit attack, Cal powered past San Francisco, 12-1, Tuesday at Benedetti Diamond. 

The Bears improve to 27-22 overall, while the Dons, who had won 12-straight home games, fall to 24-23. 

Montalbo improved his record to 4-0 by pitching six innings with only one hit, no runs, three walks and four strikeouts. He had a no-hitter going until USF’s Jason Heise got a single on a bad-hop grounder that hit the Bears shortstop Jeff Dragicevich in the head in the sixth inning. The Dons got only three hits on the day, getting their lone run on a solo home run by Jeramy Janz in the seventh inning. 

Clint Hoover got Cal on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the second inning off of USF starter David Seccombe (3-3) and sophomore Brent Cook had a two-run homer in the eighth inning. 

Offensively, sophomore Ben Conley and senior Rob Meyer had four hits apiece. Sophomore Brad Smith went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI and junior Carson White was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly. White has now extended his hitting streak to 18-games.  

The Bears will next travel to UCLA for a three-game Pac-10 series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.